Monday, September 27, 2010

sh'es happy

We have a happy baby and now there's evidence. We finally got some smiling pictures of our little Evangeline. She just needs someone to distract her from that interesting looking camera. she loves when daddy tickles her chin.

she was also giggling when we took these pictures, it was so cute. wish all of you could hear her giggle too!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


my cute baby loves sitting up. She wants to be sitting up, or on her tummy if she isn't being held. Kara drew a picture for her teacher.
she tried to spell Mrs. Wright without help, and this is what she came up with.
now that Kara's in school, Kiersten has been hanging out with Evie a lot.
Daily naps are back now that I have to wake her early to take Kara to school. this day, she said she wasn't tired, so I told her I would get her a snack. By the time I got Evie out of the car seat, and got the snack, she was asleep like this.

that's all for now!

Monday, September 13, 2010

back to preschool

Today is Karalee's first day back at preschool. She has been so excited to see her teacher and friends, and to wear her new school clothes. She was up by 6 this morning wanting to start the day. Of course I was following her around with a camera this morning. She was eating breakfast, and I kept trying to take her picture. I told her to say cheese, but she just kept eating. After, she said, "mom, it's rude to say cheese with cereal in your mouth." I guess she was right about that. After breakfast, she was all about the pictures. She kept coming up with weird pictures she wanted me to take of her. I said we had to hurry and go to school, and she said, "oh... school...right. School rocks!" super cute girl. another funny thing she said while I was doing her hair was, "mom, another word for warm is cozy. you make me feel cozy mommy." then she said, "and barf is another word for puke. that guy from daddy's spaceballs movie is called barf."
this is one of her picture ideas. she wanted to make a heart with her hands.
and then, of course, Kiersten had to try to do the same thing.
ready for school. She was so excited all morning, and couldn't wait to get going. she said she is most excited to show her friends her new clothes, backpack, lunch box and shoes, and also to tell her teacher that she learned to read this summer. She is doing great with her reading.
showing off her cool new stuff. ben got her this backpack on the disney website, and it even has her name embroidered on the back. she told me that she loves her shirt because it's the most glamorous shirt she's ever had. you can't really see in the pictures, but it has sparkly little gems on it.
on the way to school, she kept saying, "everyone look for a building made from red building blocks." she also told me, "if you could drive fast like daddy, we would be there any second now." It's about a 25 minute drive. I was disappointed to find that my favorite route to school has tons of construction going on. so now I'll have to go up pacific highway, or go on the interstate. It's still easy to get there, but I just liked going the other way, with hardly any other cars to worry about or school zones to drive through.
she was happy to see several of her buddies from last year, and a few new friends. The classroom has been redecorated over the summer, and the kids were all ooing and aahing over all the changes. Kara jumped right in to start playing, so it was hard to get a picture of her once we were there. She immediately got complimented on her haircut as we walked in the door by her friend Peyton. I think she will have a fun school year. The parents of the new 3 year old students were all hovering around, not wanting to leave their kids, just like me last year. I only stayed long enough to pay the tuition and take kiersten to go potty. And I only cried a little on the way home. Last year, I pretty much cried the whole day. I'll miss her, but school is definitely a good thing for her. It has been nice to have her home for the summer, especially since having the baby, but it's good to come out of my newborn baby haze, and get back to regular life.
Kiersten baby update:
She is potty trained now, and only wears pullups at night. She stays dry some nights, but not often enough for me to feel good about her sleeping in panties yet. But that is definitely a goal she wants to attain. She is still working on learning her letters, and can count up to 16. She is such a sweetheart. She loves both of her sisters. When we left Kara at school this morning, she said, "I want Karalee. Karalee is my favorite." she cried a little, but was happy again by the time we got home. I was fumbling to get her out of her carseat for some reason, and she said, "mommy, you dwiving me cwazy!" I just love her personality. she doesn't take crap from anyone.
Evangeline update:
she is growing and getting chubby. I never knew diaper changes and baths could be so time consuming with all those fat rolls to clean out. We just love having a little fatty to cuddle with. She rolled over 3 times on saturday and once this morning. She is too young to be doing that! I was hoping her chubbiness would prevent her from being an early mover like the other 2, and she's already one upping them by rolling over at not even 9 weeks. I just hope she wont be walking by 7 months like Kiersten did. It's hard when they have the physical ability to walk, but not the mental capability to avoid running into everything. she is smiling more, but it's hard to get a picture of it, because she's so interested in the camera. I need to be more sneaky about it. She spent much of yesterday watching football with Ben, while I worked on some sewing projects. she was perfectly happy just to sit in his lap, or lay on the floor by him. She takes after her older sisters in her love of being naked. sometimes when she's crying, all she wants is to be stripped down to her diaper. This morning I realized we gave her the wrong name. We should have called her alarm clock, thanks to her ability to wake the entire house before 5 am with her screams. I'm used to being up with her, but the others were not too happy about it.

Ben and Becky update:

We're still working on getting into a new routine that includes Evie. Ben is still working hard, but tries to be home early when he can. The girls are always counting the days til the weekend, so they can spend time with him. Ben is thrilled that football season has started again, and is patiently waiting to buy the next video game he wants. I really thought he'd have bought it by now, but he has held off so far. I almost bought it for him yesterday, but then thought he might just not want it yet. We took all the toys out of the upstairs playroom, so it can be converted back into a nursery. Ben put Evie's crib together, and now i just need to finish putting the rest of it together. I am fitting in projects where I can. yesterday I made myself some skirts with elastic waist bands. I know it's a fashion no no, but I am between pant sizes right now, and frustrated with not fitting in any of my "big" clothes, or any of my "small" clothes. So I give up on pants for now. We bought a new eliptical, so I will wait and see how I like that before thinking about rejoining the gym. I know it takes me some time to lose weight after a baby, so I have to stop wishing I were one of "those" women. You know, the ones who drop all the weight immediately without even trying? They exist, and knowing some of them personally makes it harder not to be part of the club. But I am dropping my ding dong a day habit, and taking a glass of water to bed instead of chocolate milk. baby steps... Oh, I also got some new healthy cookbooks. But I've already been trying to cook healthy meals since Kara had her digestive problems, so the meals aren't all that different than what I'm already doing. it has given me a few new ideas and options I hadn't thought of on my own.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Point defiance zoo

We went to the zoo on tuesday. here are some pitures we took.

her first time at the zoo, since being on the "outside".
they were pretending to be starfish.
the zoo has 2 new tiger cubs and 2 clouded leopard cubs. they are so adorable.

Kara holding her baby sister so I could help Ben put together our new eliptical machine.

Friday, September 3, 2010

first trip to the beach

Today was supposed to be Evie's first time at a water park, but when we got there, they were closed, so we went to the beach instead. The beach isn't my favorite place, but the girls really love it, and that makes it more fun. But the beach combined with a fussy 7 week old, and no good place for nursing or diaper changes, was not so fun. the girls still enjoyed themselves, so I guess that's what really matters, right? Ben played with the girls in the water, and they walked all along the beach together, while I sat with the baby in the shade. I walked around a little, and while I was away from our stuff, someone stole the girls' leftover lunches. I'm glad that is what was taken, since we had a lot of other stuff sitting there that I would be a lot more worried about losing. but we thought it was weird. I looked in the trash can, thinking maybe the sack fell on the ground, and someone tossed it. the brown bag was in there, and the sandwich bags were in there, empty, as well as the cheetos bags, aslo empty. I was wondering if some hungry bum was wandering the beach, looking for food. If someone wanted a half eaten sandwich and some cheetos that badly, I guess I'm glad we could help them out.
Evie's first trip to the beach. I tried to make Ben hold her for the picture, to avoid a bathing suit picture myself, but he made me hold her instead. that's why I have that idiotic look on my face.
since we were planning on going to the water park, we didn't bring any sand toys. But they managed to make a sand castle anyway.
I'm glad they could have a fun day, and we could all get out of the house for a few hours. Last weekend, Ben took the girls to a movie, and school clothes shopping. it was nice to spend the day alone with the baby, but it was also nice today, to get to come along for the fun.
We were going to take them to baskin robins for ice cream, but kiersten got carsick, and puked all over herself. So after stopping to clean her up, we decided just to go through the dairy queen drive through and take the ice cream home. Kiersten is naked, due to the puking.
After we got home, Ben took Kara to get her hair cut. She looks super cute, but I think it makes her look older, which is kinda sad for me. She starts school again on the 13th. She is so excited.